Author: Mike Jorgensen
Text: ALL of them!
For those who didn’t notice on Sunday morning, the worship team and choir had a surprise visitor of sorts. As Bev was sitting at her piano, she and I saw huge wings fly past the window. We began to investigate (as best we could while playing music) but our job was simplified as the large vulture walked over to our window. He stood no less than 2 feet from Bev with only a window separating them and he stared in at us for a minute or so and then stood up straight and spread his wings as if to enjoy the breeze. He stood in this posture for about 10 minutes, which was enough time for the band, most of the choir, and some of the parishioners to become slightly distracted by his odd behavior. I couldn’t help but laugh at the seemingly goofy behavior but also enjoyed seeing such a rare sight.
Some churches might have been upset that so many people were temporarily distracted from worship by the presence of a bird out the window. I am grateful for our church, though, because as I was thinking about it, countless scriptures came to mind as well as this quote from Charles Spurgeon:
“I must confess that I think it a most right and excellent thing that you and I should rejoice in the natural creation of God.” – Charles Spurgeon (excerpt from sermon on Isaiah 65:17-19)
Many people would have seen this interruption as a distraction from worship, but in many ways it was a different expression of worship. So many of us took delight in God’s creation and that is what we’re meant to do. God has carefully crafted a world full of beauty and creativity, and just as admiration of a painting shows admiration of the painter, so does admiration of creation show admiration of its creator.
It is good and right that we should take joy in God’s creative work, and Sunday morning was a small reminder of that truth. I’ll end with another Spurgeon quote from the same sermon referenced above, followed by a host of scriptures that show us that God delights in his creation and we are to do the same:
One of the purest and most innocent of joys in which a man can indulge, is a joy in the works of God. . . . I like to see my Savior on the hills, and by the shores of the sea. I hear my Father’s voice in the thunder, and listen to the whispers of his love in the cadence of the sunlit waves. These are my Father’s works, and therefore I admire them, and I seem all the nearer to him when I am among them. – C.H. Spurgeon
- Let the glory of the LORD endure forever; Let the LORD be glad in His works; – Psalm 104:31
- God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. – Genesis 1:31
- Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created . . . Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea creatures and all deeps. – Psalm 148: 3–5, 7
- Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, Rejoicing in the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men. – Psalms 147:10-11
- “Everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.” – 1 Timothy 4:4-5
Our Sunday morning visitor: a turkey vulture (I think?)